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TechnologyNetworkLogoThe IEA supports international energy technology research, development, deployment, and knowledge transfer through multilateral groups (formally known as Implementing Agreements or 'IAs'). The experts participating in the activities of the Implementing Agreements represent public and private sector entities worldwide. Together, these experts share knowledge – and resources – to advance energy technologies.



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Recent activities and findings

Nominations open for Annual Smart Grid Award of Excellence

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched its second annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world.  This year's competition theme is "Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration." The deadline for submissions is 20 March 2015. More...

Energy expert stories

A compilation of video interviews with energy efficiency experts from the Demand-Side Management initiative (DSM IA) showcases the many drivers, contexts, barriers, and models of understanding behaviour change encountered during a two-year research period. More...

Linking human behaviour and energy efficiency

‌As many of the Demand-Side Management initiative (DSM IA) projects have discovered, the market 'failure' of energy efficiency is often due to the vagaries of human behaviour and choice. The best ideas, policies and programmes have been shown to fail again and again in achieving their desired outcomes. The current social and policymaking norm is still not to see energy saving behaviour as a major priority in achieving a transition to a sustainable system.  DSM IA Task 24 - Closing the Loop - sets out to investigate further in order to provide clear recommendations to policymakers and demand-side management implementers. Learn more in the recently published report downloadable here

Accelerating the development and deployment of smarter electric grids

‌The lessons learned and best practices presented in the twelve case studies that make up the Demand Side Management Case Book from the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN IA), provide qualitative insights into the complexity of deploying demand-side management initiatives. They also incorporate various program and policy mechanisms and include information on costs and the associated business cases for investment.  In doing so, each study points out opportunities, pitfalls, and best practices in developing and deploying those technologies that can help stakeholders replicate successes and avoid costly missteps. Download here 

Global excellence in smart grid projects

The ISGAN IA and the Global Smart Grid Federation have announced the winners of the inaugural Award of Excellence for 2014, the theme of which was consumer engagement and empowerment.  To learn more about the award and the winning projects visit the  website

Demand-side management: Annual Report (2013)

Demand-Side Management priorities in participating countries is the theme of the ‌twentieth DSM IA Annual Report which also includes detailed updates on five current projects. Download here


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